Dr Saikat Dutta


I am a lecturer at School of Mechanical Engineering focusing on Automotive Engineering. I am a Chartered Engineer and a Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers. I have previously held academic positions at different universities in the UK and South Korea after completing his doctoral research at IIT Kharagpur, India.

As a researcher in the field of vehicle dynamics and mechatronics, I am always keen on solving engineering problems with an innovative approach. My research expertise includes developing adaptive controllers for smart automotive suspension, steering systems, torque vectoring of electric vehicles, and autonomous vehicles. Previously, I have researched in Railways through a number of collaborative projects, such as the REPOINT, In2Rail, In2Track2, S-Code, funded by RSSB, Shift2Rail where my research was primarily focused on developing novel railway track switches.

My academic experience includes teaching, supervision, curriculum development. Through my employments, I have worked and supervised a range of research projects on automotive and railway mechatronic system focusing on suspension systems, actuator design, dynamic modelling, electric vehicles, and autonomous vehicles.

Research interests

  • Vehicle Dynamics Aspects in Electric Vehicles – Torque Vectoring, Smart Suspension System, Anti-lock Braking System, Active Steering System

  • Controller Development Aspects of Automated Driving – Robust path planning, Longitudinal and Lateral Controller Development, Integrated Vehicle Platooning  

  • Actuator Development – High-Redundant Actuation system, Fault-tolerant Controller Development


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  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
  • MTech in Mechanical Systems Design, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
  • BE (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering, Bengal Engineering and Science University Shibpur, India

Professional memberships

  • Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy
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